Monday 18 February 2019

Drinkers jeered at raider who held up pub with a toy gun

The Villager Bar Chapelizod.
The Villager Bar Chapelizod.

Customers in a Dublin pub jeered at a man who was carrying out a robbery with an imitation gun, a court has heard.

Anthony Burns (43) robbed The Villager pub in Chapelizod, Dublin, on December 12 last year using a gun he had bought in a toy shop.

Oisin Clarke BL, defending, told Dublin Circuit Criminal Court that during the hold-up, customers in the pub jeered at him, telling him, "you're not going to do anything with a plastic gun".

Burns, a crack cocaine addict, took €520 of the pub's takings from barman Shay Donnelly but before he left, a customer hit him over the head with a bottle, the court heard.

Burns later received medical treatment for cuts to his head.

Mr Clarke said the customers were "robust" and carried out a citizen's arrest of Burns.

While being held down on the floor, one customer asked Burns: "What are you doing?"

He replied: "I'm a cocaine addict, I need money."

In his victim impact report, Mr Donnelly said he was relieved that neither he nor any customers were injured. He said he had put the incident behind him and felt sorry for Burns.

Burns, of Rowlagh Gardens, Clondalkin, Dublin, pleaded guilty to robbery of the pub.

He also admitted robbery of cash from a Subway restaurant in Clondalkin and attempted robbery of Rapeedos takeaway in Palmerstown on the same date.

The former security guard also admitted robbing €820 from a bookmakers shop in Clondalkin village on December 5. Victim Stacey Ryle told the court that she felt threatened.


Katarzyna Filipiak, the victim of the Subway raid, told the court she feared she was going to be stabbed and was terrified for weeks after in work that another robbery would take place.

Judge Melanie Greally suspended the last two years of a five-year prison term after noting that Burns had shown an ability in the past to remain crime-free, and his last conviction was for offences in November 2000. She said the "amateurish" crimes seemed to be crimes of desperation.

Burns's previous convictions include robbery and unlawful seizure of a car in 2000.

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